12 August 1843
adams-john10 Neal Millikan Press Slavery and Enslaved Persons
38 Quincy— Saturday 12. August 1843

12. IV. Saturday.

Lunt William P. White Franklin Loring Thomas. Johnson William C Sarah A Johnson Adams Isaac H Elizabeth C Adams.

Sun rose cloudy.— The return to a sedentary life from a month of great and constant agitation, excitement and over exercise forms a trial of the Constitution— It seems as if a hurricane had passed over my spirits; and now, when they have been a whole week settling down into the ordinary quiet current of rural Summer life, exercise is necessary to save them from falling into Syncope— My time for exercise is from the hour of rising till breakfast; and if I miss it then the day is very apt to slip through without it— For exercise I am obliged to resort to my garden and seedling trees— I emptied a seedling pot into Mary Louisas Seminary plot, where there is now a seedling Apple stock—An Englis Oak and a shagbark walnut, all of the third year— When Mr Curtis was here day before yesterday, I agreed to meet him in Boston next Monday Morning, to execute the deeds of exchange with the purchasers of the Tremont Theatre— Also to meet Mr Fuller the administrator of Moses Gill junr. and endeavour to come to a settlement, at the probate office with him. And further to prepare a Letter to Petty Vaughan at London to be sent by the Acadia to sail for Liverpool next Wednesday— Mr Curtis dined with us and returned home immediately after dinner. This day there were visits from Mr Lunt, and Mr Thomas Loring of Hingham with whom I agreed to go upon our usual annual fishing party from Cohasset, next Thursday. Isaac Hull Adams and his Sister Elizabeth William C. Johnson, and his sister Sarah were here, and the latter is to stay with Mary-Louisa, while upon her visit here— We received a Piano from Boston, upon hire by the week. The Boston Courier of this morning republishes from the Bangor Courier my Letter of 4 July last to the Bangor Committee for celebrating the anniversary of the emancipation of Slaves in the British West India Islands; with all the errors of the Bangor, and several more. Not a word of comment upon the Letter is in either of the papers— I expected the publication of that Letter; and wrote it for the purpose of exhibiting in as brief a compass as possible my principles, feelings and opinions, relating to the abolition of Slavery and the Slave-trade throughout the world— I meant it as a note of defiance to all the Slave-holders, Slave traders and Slave breeders upon earth. As the experiment of Summons to the whole Freedom of this Union in its own defence, I sent it forth alone, to try its Fortune in the world, and made it purposely bold and startling, to rouse if possible both friend and foe— The two publications without comment, give no promise of a rally for the support of Freedom. As yet there is no hostile notice of it abroad— It may remain altogether unnoticed, which is the worst fate that can befall it—for if I can but raise a controversy by it—that is; an adversary worthy of being answered, it shall be if my life and health will admit, a text book for future enlargement and illustrative for the whole remnant of my toilsome days.